Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP)

Training and developing exceptional individuals to become teachers and mentors that inspire future generations wherever they are in the world.

STEP aims to produce professional secondary level teachers. It combines strong academic preparation with practice-based teacher training, in an intimate and welcoming learning environment. STEP is a fully funded scholarship programme, which covers the cost of tuition fees, accommodation and includes a living allowance.

The Master’s level teacher preparation aspect of STEP is being undertaken through a pioneering collaboration between IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, SOAS University of London and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. 

STEP has been developed to support and promote the need for professionally trained secondary-level teachers who can teach the IIS Secondary Curriculum within the Ismaili religious education system. Therefore, candidates are recruited from within the Ismaili community. It is a fully funded scholarship programme, which covers the cost of tuition fees, accommodation and includes a living allowance. 

Details of applications for 2025 entry will be forthcoming.


Entry Requirements

  • A UK 1st or 2nd Class Honours Degree or recognised equivalent
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent English proficiency)
  • One year teaching experience in a Religious Education Class under ITREB
  • Entry into a 5-year teaching commitment
  • Member of the Ismaili community

More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.


Reasons to join STEP

  • Become a change-agent in the field of education
  • Gain teaching experience in British schools and religious education centres
  • Earn an MA and Postgraduate Diploma from the international education leaders SOAS and UCL
  • Employment with ITREB upon successful completion of the programme
  • Visit the world-famous Alhambra in Spain as part of an educational field visit
  • Immerse yourself in one of the most diverse and inspiring cities in the world

What STEP students say?

Becoming a STEP teacher is a huge responsibility but also a privilege. Where you hold the responsibility of contributing towards the preservation and extension of a living faith tradition, you also have privilege to be part of an exciting and rigorous endeavour hosted by three esteemed institutions.

Mr Faheem Hussain, STEP Teacher Educator